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I just stopped by for a drink

I just stopped by for a drink

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Original idea fell through. I have a tiny head. Shrunken almost. Or massive arms… Or perspective. : P
So please instead enjoy this shot of a fly. First fry at focus stacking.

Back at school today, eight long weeks until the next holibob :’ (

Summer holiday (to France)

For the last week I have been in the north of France with kB, my mum and my dad.

This post will be the project 365 shots from the week, and a little comment, then I will do another post with spares.

Stuck on the road // 23 08 13
We started off the week with a trip to the supermarket in the morning, then a four hour drive to the ferry, four hours on the ferry (of which I was asleep before we had even left port) and then a 40 minute drive to the house. This was a quick “in the car” snap, as we got stuck in traffic.

The Lighthouse // 24 08 13
First day, and obviously we were tried. The weather was miserable too but we managed to go out for a walk in the late afternoon. We were based in Ingouville, just outside Saint-Valary-en-Caux

Approaching Storm // 25 08 13
Another miserable day, but it didn’t rain so we went out anyway. This was taken with my 10stopper filter at Veules-les-Roses.

Rouen, Abbey Church of Saint-Ouen // 26 08 13
We had a trip to Rouen to practice the drive there as we were catching the train to Paris there on Wednesday morning at 8am! It was about an hour away, although we did get lost when my dad decided to follow the sign posts rather than the sat nav – we ended up in an industrial estate.

Watching the sunset // 27 08 13
Lovely and hot on the Tuesday – and it was my dads birthday! We went to a beach that was very pretty, but I can’t remember the name of it.
Me and kB “got done” by a life guard because he was blowing his whistle because the tide was coming in but I wanted to take a shot so we ignored him… Only for a minute or so! He scowled at us as we came in. Did loads of walking then came home and went out for tea, today’s shot was taken just after tea 🙂

Eiffel Tower // 28 08 13
Super early start as we were catching a train at 8 to Paris. Nice day, but too busy for my poor knees : ( Saw most of the sights though : )

Flutterby // 29 08 13
Butterfly in the garden!
We went to another beach today, but they all kind of looked the same – did a couple of “weird” shots, one involving a corn field.

Washed Ashore // 30 08 13
Another beach! This one was called “the Beach of Death” because we saw 3 dead dogfish and countless dead crabs. Decided to just go for it with this shot, but as the tide was coming in rather quickly it’s not quite what I had in mind. Got soaked then had to lie in the sun to dry off – this was the first “proper” beach we had seen all week, all the others were just pebbles. Last day though so no more beachy funtimes : (

On the sea // 31 08 13
On the ferry on the way home : )
Sure early 3am get up to get to the ferry for 430 – did not envy my dads 4 hour drive home after that, and I napped most of the ferry ride and drive home!
A bit mardy from lack of sleep, but looking forward to getting into my own bed!

Little Red Flower (& physio appointments)


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I have no idea what this little guy is called as there wasn’t a label on the pot when I bought him last week.

Moaning out of the way first – I got bit a further 7 times yesterday, I assume from doing the lawn. Add that onto the 54 I was dealing with last week then that’s 61bites in 2 weeks.

I did however have a positive meeting with a different physio this morning (advice: at the start of the holidays do not make appointments for 830 in the morning at the end of the holidays, you will not appreciate it when you’re not used to getting up at 730!)

Originally when I went to the doctors with problems with my knees I was told I was hypermobile and referred to a physio. This physio didn’t once mention that and instead told me that my issues were from an underdeveloped quad muscle (which upon Googling the internet said could be fixed in 6 weeks). I can’t remember the in’s and out’s of that first physio appointment, but what I do remember is coming home and crying (and I never cry) because I didn’t feel like she’d listened to me at all; saying things like “You shouldn’t be kneeling anyway it’s bad for the knees so try to avoid it” when I told her that I couldn’t kneel down because it hurts too much, “you shouldn’t run away, running isn’t good for people” when I told her that I had to stop jogging because if I went I was in agony to the point where I couldn’t move and the solid advice of “if it hurts then don’t do it” after I’d told her that walking can aggravate it.

She made an appointment to see me again at the start of the six week holidays, and again I felt she was dismissive. Upon being asked how it was I told her that it is hard to judge because they have always hurt less when the weather is hot, she informed me that she was glad they were getting better.
I had decided that if this appointment was as bad as the first then I would go back to the doctors and ask to see a different physio, but as she was booking me in for another session (today’s) she told me that she wouldn’t be there as she was going to be off so I would be seeing someone else.

The chap who saw me today was great and I came away feeling a lot better, despite the general conclusion to the meeting being “it’s not fixable, you just have to learn to manage it”.

In a nut shell, my ligaments are loose – making me hypermobile. This means I have more movement than I should in my joints. Because my hips are all over the place (wobbly) then my knees try to compensate, but as they are wobbly too it’s not an aware winning combination. When you add in the fact I have “long, willowy legs” (to quote) it just makes it a bit more difficult.
My knees have, over the years, pushed themselves to the left of where they should be and the pain I’m experiencing is to do with them rubbing. The reason that it hurts less in summer is because ligaments have more lubrication in them when it is hot, and they contract when it is cold, so he said.

If I keep up the exercises then it should get better, but if I stop then I am back to square one. They will keep giving me different exercises to do, to build on what we have started but I need to make sure that I keep at them : )
I was also told that I can run, and in fact can do any exercise I want but I need to build it up really slowly to give my ligaments/joints time to adjust.

So on that front I am feeling a lot better 🙂
Oh, and he also gave me a yellow stretchy band thing which I’m to put around both my knees when doing two of the new exercises he gave me, which I have been dutifully wearing as an attractive 80s hair metal bandanna type thing.

The pastel shades of summer

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I have decided that this week I am going to spend less time editing and more time reading a book. Guardians of the Moon, book one of the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. I wanted to get  it finished by the time I go on holiday, and I’m less than half way into it with less than a week to go!

Of a captivating summers day drawing to a close

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I have in a fit of itching rage taken too many antihistamines. As a side effect for the last 3 days I have been very tired and somewhat out of it.
Always take the recommended dosage! I am feeling a lot better now though so hopefully after a good nights sleep I should be back to normal – without any fresh bites.

I normally stick to my guns with my project 365; if I set out with a photo in mind and said photo turns out OK then I feel I must use it regardless of if I took other photos which I also like. For example when we went wire wool spinning I really liked one of the other ones but went with the one with me sat in it because it was what I wanted to do.

Today, I break with tradition and I go with the shot of me and kB instead; just as we were about to leave the sun broke from behind the cloud.
My legs are a wonky donkey and I’m pretty sure one of my shoes isn’t on… but in an odd way I think it adds to it.